Mecklenburg County Detention Officer

Correctional Officer
Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office - Charlotte, North Carolina

Apr 1, 2021

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Application Deadline:
Jun 30, 2021

Salary Information

Entry Level:
$44,965 - $51,700 annual
Top Pay:
$$78,700 annual

Job Description

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Detention Officers of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office are responsible for the direct supervision of those persons in custody at the Mecklenburg County Detention Center. Specific duties include visually monitoring and supervising of persons in custody, monitoring visitations, maintaining computerized log entries in the Offender Management System, ensuring the safety and security of the detention facility, and preparing reports as necessary. Selected candidates are required to pass a reading comprehension test, physical examination, psychological evaluation, and an in-depth background investigation. Successful candidates for Detention Officer positions must be of good moral character and must not have a criminal history that would prevent them from being able to obtain and maintain Detention Officer certification from the North Carolina Sheriff’s Education and Training Standards Commission. Detention Officer candidates must also adhere to the standards set by Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office. Employment is contingent on the successful completion of the mandated 10-week training to include classroom instructions and daily physical activities (running, push-ups, sit-ups, heavy lifting, etc.…).

Entry level Detention Officers are primarily assigned to the Mecklenburg County Detention Center - Central, but MCSO management reserves the right to assign personnel anywhere in the organization based on legitimate business needs.

Minimum Qualifications:

• Candidate must have a High School Diploma, or G.E.D. equivalence.

• Candidate must possess a valid driver’s license and clean driving history.

• Candidate must be able to pass a drug screening and complete medical examination by a licensed physician, including psychological testing and evaluation.

• Candidate must be 21 years of age prior to hire date.

• Candidate must be a U.S. citizen or Naturalization Certification, if applicable.

• Candidate must be able to pass our agency physical fitness and reading comprehension test.

• Candidate must have a clean criminal record to include no felony convictions.

• Candidate must not have had a DWI conviction within the past five years and no more than two in a lifetime.

• Candidate must have Honorable Military Discharge, if applicable.

Pay Incentives:

Detention Officers will receive an additional 5% pay upon successfully completing the State-Mandated DOCC, Post School, and MCSO Post In-facility Training Course. Pay incentives are available for prior law enforcement or detention experience, military service, and for college education. 5% additional pay for an associate’s degree and 10% additional pay for a bachelor’s degree.

MCSO also offers an addition 5% bilingual incentive pay for those who demonstrate proficiency speaking, reading, and writing in a foreign language other than English.

Work Schedule and Hours:

Detention Officers depending on assignment will work a 12.33 hour schedule which translates to seven 12.33 hour shifts in a (14) day pay period totaling approximately 86.33 hours. Detention Officers assigned to permanent night shift will have an opportunity to work towards seniority which allows them to be assigned to a permanent day shift position (6:40 AM – 7:00 PM). Night shift personnel (6:40 PM – 7:00 AM) are paid a shift premium that equates to an additional $1.00 per hour for their regularly scheduled shift assignment.

Additional Information

Check the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office website.

Job Requirements

  • Age: 21
  • Education: High School Diploma, or G.E.D.
  • Experience: Listed below

Contact Information

Sergeant Danaya Wilson

Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office
Charlotte, North Carolina 28204
phone: (800) 400-8500

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